Dreaming of becoming a top-tier professional in the fast-paced, competitive world of voice acting, rookie Futaba Ichinose frantically scurries around, searching for auditions and performance sessions. Rubbing elbows with some of the biggest names in the industry, she tries to find her own unique voice and style.
Along the way, she befriends two important allies: Ichigo Moesaki, an aspiring idol who claims to be a princess from another planet, and Rin Kohana, a cheerful child actress who tries her best to balance her career and school at the same time. Together, the girls brave the ups and downs of the entertainment industry—but as for Futaba, whose performance assessment at her agency is just around the corner, her career might be over sooner than expected! Sore ga Seiyuu! is a humorous and sincere celebration of the industry that gives anime its voice.
Sore ga Seiyuu was created by an actual voice actress, who makes a cameo appearance in the anime. A number of other well known Japanese voice acting talent appear in the series under their own names, with each episode featuring one special guest seiyuu.
#1: "Anata no Omimi ni Plug In! (あなたのお耳にプラグイン！)" by Earphones (イヤホンズ) (Marika Kouno, Rie Takahashi, Yuki Nagaku) (eps 1-5, 7-11) #2: "Mimi no Naka e (耳の中へ)" by Earphones (ep 6) #3: "Hikari no Saki e (光の先へ)" by Earphones (eps 12-13)
Are you chasing a dream?
Futaba, Ichigo, and Rin are chasing their dreams to be Seiyuu, and it’s been an amazing journey. Sore Ga Seiyuu! begins mainly by informing the viewer about how voice acting works and various parts of the industry. If that’s your interest field, it will immediately pull you in. As the story progresses though, the drama and reality overflows out and it becomes beautiful. Futaba is a character that is relatable for anyone struggling to pursue their passions, and her story is both convincing and high caliber.
If you’re interested in characters that actually develop, and interesting plot, and music: Sore Ga
Seiyuu! is for you. I think it’s truly rare to find an anime that focuses on realism to the same degree as this one, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have!
In short : A slice of life occuring in the world of seiyuu. To distinct from a show about voice acting. Read farther to understand.
Initial expectations :
A friend suggested this anime to me. Having seen a few episodes, she assumed it was informative about the voice acting job in Japan and as I was curious, I decided to watch it.
In a way, it is indeed informative, but in a very superficial way. Each new pieces of information are brushed over without taking time to actually elaborate and overall, it almost disappears after the first few episodes, only appearing from time to time. Which is
fine if your aim and expectation is the slice of life genre, but really lacking if your aim and expectation is actually to show you what the seiyuu job is really like.
Secondly, the show quickly focuses on the seiyuu-idol aspect of the job - in the same superficial manner - drifting even farther from my initial expectation.
In short, I find it important that people are aware of what they are getting into, so they don't hold the wrong expectations.
Story & Characters
If you are familiar with slice of life, you might have already noticed that most of them are light-hearted and struggle-light. Aside from the context, Sora ga Seiyuu is as classical and average as one can be. Which isn't a complain, actually, when I'm confronted to a genre I am aware of its average level, strong/weak points.
Same can be said about the characters, you know their stereotypes just by looking at them. Their development is equally superficial (aka doing their job and nothing more).
But then, those who already watched the show could come and say !!!SPOILERS!!! but look ! one of the heroine lost her job, has no gas or electricity anymore ! it's horrible ! and yes....in real life it is an awful situation, but it isn't portrayed as a big deal, not only do you have no idea if she ever gets gas and electricity back, or if she has new income (off-screen, you tell me and, yeah, it might be true, but not showing the resolution of a struggle or issue isn't really recommended if you want to put value into a resolution/struggle), but said heroine didn't seem to have such a different lifestyle ; basically, "whining" was the main difference. !!!END SPOILERS!!!
But there again, it doesn't bother me too much. A lot of slice of life want to be keep you in a good mood, to be the "every day life dream" with "issues not tarnishing the dream too much after all". So be it story or character I never expect it to fly high because it isn't their primal aim (let's praise the "slice of life" animes going against that trend though) The only aspect that does bother me is the risk for part of the audience to actually buy that "dreamy" version of voice acting. Voice acting is a hard and tough job where nice speeches and solving an issue in less than five minutes hardly occur (!!!SPOILERS!!! I don't know how to do different sounds... -break, talk with friends- Yeah, I'm closing my eyes and now I can figure how to do it right ! issue solved ladies and gentleman ! I wish life was that easy XD !!!END SPOILERS!!!), it takes you a LOT of dedication and constant "homework".
If there’s another thing worth mentioning, it’s the art. Just from the image on this page you can see the simplicity of the drawings. I’m not exactly against it, but the high inequality of the design – slow budget or not – bothers me. On one side, you have overly cute girls and women looking far younger (+ very few males), simple, but not sketchy, and on the other side you have the sketchy designs and the more realistic one. Those three types of design kind of tend to clash against each other. So I consider it a bad point.
The background is also rather simplistic as well ; the animation varies from bad to average (even if it has a slight improvement for the last key scene).
As a last add, if I had something to say about the opening, it’d be that it reflects the cheesiness of the show really well, but I skipped it past two episodes (I rarely watch them more than twice).
Recommendation & Enjoyment :
Overall, I’m not particularly fond of it, but it was somewhat distracting. So I’d say it was able to entertain me. I assume I could add that I enjoyed the pink haired girl the most and was expecting Hiroshi throughout the entire show (only shows up two times) just because I knew he’d be there and not because I’m particularly fond of him. You can consider this paragraph useless, but well.
All in all, if you enjoy the average slice of life you can go for it if you want. If you’re curious about some aspects of the voice acting but not enough to actually put your head into it (aka a show about voice acting) you can always check this out, as long as you keep in mind it is an idealistic portrait ; at least the first episodes will satisfy you on that level. Lastly, if you enjoy idols, you might find some interests in this show, even if it isn’t the main focus either.
I didn't have high hopes for this anime at first. Like so many other slice of life anime, I assumed it'd be dull and uninteresting. I'm happy to say that I was wrong though.
I really enjoyed learning about the ins and outs of being a seiyuu. The characters were relatable, and I appreciate the fact that the trials and troubles of the characters were realistic.
The art is nothing to write home about, although I appreciate the wide variety of character designs. The music was alright and fit the overall feeling of the show, but I wasn't too impressed with that either.
If you enjoy educational
anime, I'd definitely recommend trying this one. It's informative while still being entertaining and cute.
We follow three young voice actresses on their way to become famous. Well, not that far, but we follow them a bit. Sore ga Seiyuu is a mixture between an "educational" anime about the voice acting industry and the life and (mis)fortunes of our heroines. It's definitely unique in its own way (though I haven't seen other seiyuu anime, so I can't really compare). What I really liked was the fact, that it's not all fun and rainbows and the girls have to deal with setbacks while progressing in accomplishing their goals. Even though it doesn't sugarcoat the seiyuu life, it
always left me with a good feeling after each episode.
The visuals aren't very impressing. Since this is basically a slice of life anime, you will probably not expect anything flashy anyway. The characters are cute (though they look pretty young for adults, I mean, Futaba and Ichigo barely look older than Rin and the manager looks even younger) and the guest stars (who portray themselves) are recognizable (if you know what they look like). So in total, the art is average but absolutely okay.
The main characters are voiced by rather inexperienced seiyuu to fit the girls stage of career in this show. That was a pretty good decision, even though I can hardly believe that Rie Takahashi (voice of Futaba) is a "newcomer". They do a very good job and of course, the guests do as well (being stars of their profession after all). I am not a big fan of J-Pop so I may be the wrong person to judge the music, but I found it to be mediocre in general. However, the ending (which varies each episode) was really catchy and lots of fun.
Let's be honest, the main trio consists of stock characters. The self-doubting heroine who is unaware of her own potential, the hot-blooded brat who tries to hide her worries and the innocent cheerful child prodigy are characters we have seen before. But: the girls are very likeable. Even if you are not a big fan of them, you want to see them succeed and you feel bad for them when they fail. I think this is more important than the complexity of the characters. Sadly, no side characters are fleshed out much (except for maybe the manager), but that's excusable.
As I already mentioned, Sore ga Seiyuu managed to put a smile on my face every time I watched a new episode. The show does not offer much in terms of tension or conflict (which it is not completely void of either though), but it wants you to invest emotions in it. You are supposed to care, and I did. In terms of slice of life, I recommend this to anyone who is fed up with always the same jokes and characters being recycled and nothing ever happening (not hating on these shows, just saying). It is not outstanding or groundbreaking, but it is worth a watch.
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